I am happy to report that things have gotten back to normal around here. It’s always nice to return to normalcy and routine after the holidays.
Tuesdays with Dorie is kicking off the new year with a healthy recipe from Baking Chez Moi: Granola Energy Bars. Have you ever made your own granola bars? I did once before, and while they tasted good, they were too crunchy and crumbly. I was very excited to give Dorie’s recipe a try!
Besides oats, nuts, and dried fruits, Dorie’s recipe includes shredded coconut, vanilla extract, and her secret ingredient, brown rice syrup. While she gives us specific ingredients and measurements for these healthy bars, she also gives us permission to mix and match with our favorite nuts and dried fruits. I did a mix of slivered almonds, raw sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and mini chocolate chips.
Verdict? Wonderful! These granola bars are chewy and delicious. I love the idea of experimenting to find my favorite, signature blend of nuts and fruits. The mini chocolate chips melted into the mixture, so next time I will wait for everything to cool before I mix them in, or else use cocoa nibs. I also want to try these with coconut oil in place of the butter, as suggested by a fellow TWD member.
These were a big hit with my family. My husband has been eating them for breakfast. My daughter has been enjoying them in her school lunches or as after-school snacks. And I like one as an after workout lift-me-up. I can see myself making these on a regular basis!
What did the rest of the TWD crowd think? You can find out here!